Vikings-Panthers Week 8 Capsule

VIKINGS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 5-4  
STREAKS 2 of past 3 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Frazier: 0-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 33-27 vs. Packers W 33-20 vs. Redskins
LAST GAME 12/20/09: Vikings 7 at Panthers 26. Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart rushes for 109 yards & scores 2 4th-quarter TDs (3-yard rush, 2-yard rec.) as Panthers pull away from Minnesota.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/09
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Min.), 94 (Car.). XM: 227 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Ponder (R): 22-49-318-2-2-63.1 Newton (R): 152-252-2,103 (3C)-8-9-82.8
RUSHING Peterson: 146-712 (1L)-4.9-8 (1L) D. Williams: 68-337-5.0-1
RECEIVING Jenkins: 27-332-12.3-3 S. Smith: 39-818 (1L)-21.0-3
OFFENSE 328.6 416.6
TAKE/GIVE +3 -2
DEFENSE 362.7 358.4
SACKS J. Allen: 11.5 (1L) C. Johnson: 6
INTs Sanford: 2 Martin: 2
PUNTING Kluwe: 44.6 Baker: 40.0
KICKING Longwell: 52 (16/16 PAT; 12/14 FG) Mare: 54 (15/16 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB CHRISTIAN PONDER made 1st NFL start last week vs. GB, passing for 219 yards with 2 TDs & rushing for 31 yards on 4 carries (7.8 avg.). Led Vikings to season-high 435 total net yards against Packers…RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 175 yards & TD last week. Leads NFL in rushing yards (712) & rushing TDs (8). Since joining NFL in 2007, Peterson leads all players with 6,494 rushing yards & 60 rushing TDs. Had career-high 73 receiving yards vs. Panthers on 12/20/09…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN  ranks 2nd in NFC with 31.1 KR avg. WR MICHAEL JENKINS had 1st career 100-yard receiving game last week (111 yards on 3 catches, 37 avg.). TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE has 45+ receiving yards in 3 of past 4 games…DE JARED ALLEN leads NFL with 11.5 sacks & had 2 vs. GB. Now has 6 seasons with 10+ sacks (incl. past 5). Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 94.5 sacks. Has 21.5 sacks in past 16 games, incl. 10 in past 5. CB MARCUS SHERELS had 1st career sack last week…PANTHERS: Total (416.6 yards per game) & pass (288.4) offense rank 4th in NFC…Rookie QB CAM NEWTON averages 300.4 pass yards per game (2,103 yards in 7 games). Is only player in NFL history with 7+ pass (8) & 7+ rush (7) TDs in 1st 7 games. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 7 rush TDs, most among QBs & most among rookies. His 7 rush TDs tie VINCE YOUNG (7 in 2006) for most in season by rookie QB since ’70…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 4,548 rush yards & 970 receiving yards in career. Needs 30 receiving yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 4,000+ rush yards & 1,000+ rec. yards. In career, when RB JONATHAN STEWART has 15+ att., team is 14-3 (.824). Had 68 rush yards last week (3,017 career), joining Williams (4,548) & DE SHAUN FOSTER (3,336) as only players in Panthers history with 3,000 rush yards…WR STEVE SMITH leads NFL with 818 receiving yards & 4 catches of 50+ yards. Has 3 games with 150+ yards, tied for most in NFL (WES WELKER). TE GREG OLSEN has TD catch in 3 of past 5. TE JEREMY SHOCKEY aims for 3rd in row with 4+ catches…DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack vs. Was. & has 14 sacks in past 14 games.

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11 Responses to “Vikings-Panthers Week 8 Capsule”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    Viking decision to suspend Chris Cook is clearly a mistake and you have to wonder what team management is thinking.

    Not to excuse Cook’s actions but Vike should be standing by a young player at a critical time. No action was required. Taking no action doesn’t mean the team condoned the actions or accepted the behavior.

    To jettison Cook, to leave him twisting alone in the winds with officialdom lined up against him, is not an appropriate response from the team at this time. Its at times like this that the team has to come together and act as a responsible employer.

    Cook’s actions were wrong. They were not excusable. However, the Viking management have attempted to distance themselves through a suspension when NO RESPONSE WAS REQUIRED. OK, suspend him for a game – fine him. Instead imposing the suspension just raises the issue of how and when the Viking will be in a position to lift the suspension. Are they shutting Cook down for the year. And to what end?

    Sheesh. Viking management should be able to figure this out.

    • CalVkg says:

      lost, i thought they might play him this week, but after seeing the report this move doesn’t surprise me too much. he could’ve killed the girl, and he was charged earlier this year involving a gun. the kid needs a wake up call and they are doing him a favor. to be a bit cynical, the vikes might also be trying to front-run the league office and soften their coming punishment. i don’t know his history, but if he’s found guilty, he might be lucky to avoid doing time

      • Lost Viking says:

        Cal, they took the route of suspending Cook. There was no reason or requirement to impose a suspension. Agree, Cook could have been sat for a game or two. No problem there.

        Once he’s suspended at what point do Viking lift the suspension? You can’t. Charges will be laid and he’s accused of a felony. Its upsetting that here is a young player who is as good as gone for the remainder of the season. Can you think of a circumstance where Viking can regain control the process about to unfold for remainder of the season?

        If you were a teacher or software developer charged with these felonies could your employer suspend you to set an example?

        • CalVkg says:

          i don’t know, i guess they’re trying to do the right thing. it’s different with pro sports teams, but i sure wouldn’t want my kid’s teacher kept in the classroom after having done something like this

          there’s going to be a sensitivity to bad PR effecting the public’s perception of the vikings. they’re involved in the stadium issue and they already have a history with this bad boy stuff, so they’ve gotta distance themselves from it to try to look responsible. people don’t want to give their money to a gang

          this is raw right now, but this could eventually blow over, or it could get ugly. lawyers might dig up dirt to tarnish each other’s client, or there could be deals we never hear the details of. i think this is the safe PR move for the team, suspend him now and they could bring him back later when things settle down. poor frazier, a decent man, is stuck in the middle of it, too, and has had a tough 12 months

          remember steve smith’s boat paddling TD celebration move after the love boat? if he scores a TD sunday, i gotta wonder if he’ll get creative this time

          • Lost Viking says:

            Sorry, I was wrong. Four games is maximum suspension under CBA. So, Viking forced to make decision by first week of December.

            At that time there will have been a sufficient cooling off period. Cook can schedule his trial, and likely some county jail time, during the off-season.

  2. Zag says:

    I would’ve cut Cook. Regardless of whether we were winning or losing this year, if I was the Vikings organization I would demand much more from my players. This isn’t about Cook’s specific crime, though it is despicable. This is about having standards. For Christ’s sake, it’s not hard to NOT commit a felony!

    Too often, we give players a gold star if they don’t go to jail. Congratulations, you didn’t commit a heinous crime! NFL Man of the Year!

    How about we reward them for being upstanding citizens instead of for being neutral? And on the flip side, let’s punish them for being lowlifes. I hope he gets cut. We don’t have the talent to win this year anyways, so we can at least build some damn character.

    • SouthernVikesFan says:

      If I had it my way, the team would own and condo building. That is where the team lives during the season. Curfew would apply to all players. Free time is earned, entertainment and events are scheduled. If you dont like it, go find another job, its only 16 weeks, no different than boot camp in the military. All coaches live there also and same rules apply. No parties going on unless scheduled…..If ya want to make millions of dollars a year, you wont complain….

      • Zag says:

        A lot of other sports teams do this, rugby teams in particular. When they’re in camp and in season they live at their facility.

  3. SouthernVikesFan says:

    Its only 16 week season….If they dont like it, they can go back to school, do their own homework this time, and get a 9-5 job..

    • Ghetto Defendant says:

      Do you remember Koren Robinson? Stupid people will still do stupid things. I agree with the previous guy, it’s not hard to not commit a felony, especially when you’re making all that $. You get young aggressive rich NFL players with bossy little hotties, bad mix. Now we don’t have a 6-2 fast stupid CB anymore.

  4. justin gallardo says:

    2 things need to happen ..1 cut Speilman (worthless ) he cant draft for shit.. he misses way to much …2..draft for need over best player available

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